Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In Which I Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

You've probably seen, or heard of, or read about the so-called ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease after the eponymous baseball player who died of the disease in 1939.

Grandma Winn—my mother's mother—was diagnosed with and ultimately succumbed to ALS. Fortunately, she was in her late 80s before it set in.

Deb's uncle Darrell, however, was not so fortunate. He never saw his 50th birthday.

With ALS on both sides of the family, you could say Deb and I have a vested interest in promoting efforts to find effective treatments or a cure or both.

That's why, silly as the challenge itself may seem, I support the ice bucket challenge. It has, after all, produced a remarkable outpouring of contributions, to which I gladly add my own.

Your own contributions are greatly appreciated.


Shawn said...

I didn't realize this hit so close to home for both of you. Thanks for sharing.

Nate said...

Thanks, Shawn!